Kraig Urbik MIA 2 years ago

Urbik has been moved to starter at right guard in place of a struggling Cyril Richardson. Urbik received 100 percent of the snaps in the Bills' Week 8 win over the Jets.

Coach Doug Marrone has a trio of huge rookie linemen he's been trying to make as part of the long-term plan, but Richardson was starting to get overwhelmed. Not that the veteran Urbik was an immediate answer - as badly as the Bills destroyed the Jets, they had troubles with the run game again. That said, the team won and Kyle Orton was for the most part pretty well protected, so we doubt Urbik will be coming out of the starting lineup any time soon.

Kraig Urbik MIA 2 years ago

Coach Doug Marrone confirmed the Bills' starting right guard job is up for grabs.

Kraig Urbik is the incumbent, while Chris Hairston is his main competition. Hairston can play any position on the line besides center and is returning after missing all of last season with an undisclosed illness. Urbik is scheduled to count $3.375 million against the cap. He graded out as a top-20 guard at PFF in 2013, receiving positive marks both in the run and pass games. If LT Cordy Glenn is sidelined into the season, Hairston is more likely to fill in there.

Kraig Urbik MIA 2 years ago

The Bills aren't expected to release RG Kraig Urbik.

Urbik is being pushed by Chris Hairston for the starting job, but his roster spot appears safe because of money. Urbik inked a four-year, $15 million extension in December of 2012 and is set to count over $3 million against the cap. The Bills would have to eat $2.1 million of that by cutting him. Urbik and RT Erik Pears were a weak pair on the right side of Buffalo's line last season. Pears' job is in grave danger. Unlike Urbik, he can be released without a dead money hit.

Kraig Urbik MIA 3 years ago

Bills signed RG Kraig Urbik to a four-year, $15 million contract extension.

Urbik was set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but Buffalo locked up their versatile 27-year-old right guard after he posted back-to-back solid seasons. Urbik has started 24 games over the last two years and grades out as one of Pro Football Focus' top-25 guards for 2012 heading into Week 16. Andy Levitre, Buffalo's left guard, is also eligible for unrestricted free agency after the season.

Kraig Urbik MIA 4 years ago

Bills RG Kraig Urbik (foot) is listed as questionable on the Week 10 injury report.

Urbik practiced on a limited basis this week and is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He missed three games earlier this season due to injury. With Erik Pears (hip, injured reserve) out for the year, Chris Hairston will make his second straight start at right tackle.

Kraig Urbik MIA 4 years ago

Bills RG Kraig Urbik is expected to return from his ankle injury in Week 9.

Shelved since Week 4, Urbik used the Week 8 bye to nurse himself back to full health. His return should provide a boost for the Bills' running game.

Kraig Urbik MIA 4 years ago

Bills RG Kraig Urbik, LT Cordy Glenn, and RG Chad Rinehart did not participate in Wednesday's practice.

The Bills offensive line has been just ravaged with injuries this season. They're now extremely thin at right guard with Urbik's replacement Colin Brown on I.R., and Rinehart also dealing with a calf injury. The Bills did sign veteran G/T Reggie Wells, who has not played an offensive snap since Week 17 of 2010. The situation is a concern for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller owners.

Kraig Urbik MIA 4 years ago

Bills RG Kraig Urbik has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.

Coach Chan Gailey expects both Urbik and LT Cordy Glenn (ankle) to miss this week's game against the 49ers' crushing front seven. Urbik is wearing a protective boot and will likely sit out Week 6 at Arizona as well.

Kraig Urbik MIA 4 years ago

Bills coach Chan Gailey expects RG Kraig Urbik and LT Cordy Glenn to both be out "awhile" after suffering ankle injuries in Week 4.

Buffalo has experienced and largely capable replacements in Chad Rinehart and Chris Hairston, although they now are starved for depth and might not be able to withstand another O-Line injury. Glenn, in particular, had been playing extremely well as a rookie on Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side. The losses won't make life easy in the Bills' defense in Week 5 against the 49ers.

Kraig Urbik MIA 4 years ago

Bills re-signed restricted free agent G/C Kraig Urbik to a one-year, $1.26 million contract.

Urbik, 26, made 13 starts last season, opening the year at right guard before kicking inside to replace injured C Eric Wood. Pro Football Focus graded Urbik as a terrific interior pass blocker, but he'll have to improve immensely as a run blocker in order to keep his job. Urbik is more of a swingman type.